New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed
its displeasure against the Centre for keeping on hold the
funds for conducting a survey of bonded labour in Andhra
Pradesh and sought an explanation from it.
The apex court also took strong exception of the failure
of the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Haryana to conduct a
survey of bonded labourers and take steps for its abolition to
prevent economic and physical exploitation of weaker sections
The court directed the Labour Secretary of the two states
to be present before it on July 11 to explain the steps taken
by them for implementation of the Bonded Labour System
(Abolition) Act, 1976.
"The states of Andhra Pradesh and Haryana have failed to
conduct the survey of bonded labours till date under the Act.
In the circumstances, we direct the Labour Secretary(s) of
these two states to remain present in the court on July 11,
2011, to explain what steps are being taken to implement the
provisions of 1976 Act," a bench headed by Chief Justice S H
"We also direct the Union of India to explain why the
central government has not released, till date, the
amounts to Andhra Pradesh for conducting the survey of bonded
labours. Affidavit in that regard is directed to be filed
within four weeks," the bench said.
The court was hearing a PIL filed in 1985 in this regard.